09 Jun Festivals Abroad: Summer 2015

  Although summer hasn’t technically begun (June 21 can’t come soon enough!), the season of music festivals is already well underway! Each year, the number of music festivals worldwide continues to grow, and while being abroad certainly adds a few hurdles to seeing your favorite artists on the circuit this summer, you’d be surprised at just how many international festivals there are that feature major headliners! Of course, we’re always ones to promote local bands, scenes, and cultures, but even locals get excited at the prospects of major international music artists playing their country. So, whether you’re looking to vibe out to electronic music, head bang through a few rock sets, or lightly sway side-to-side with your arms crossed while your favorite indie band strums along (kidding, kidding, not all indie fans are like this!), you’ll definitely find something to suit your tastes abroad this summer. You might even see your favorites along the way! Take a look at an abridged (seriously, there are hundreds) selection below, for just a taste of what you’ll find abroad. Greenfield Festival When: June 11-13, 2015 Where: Interlaken, Switzerland Headliners/notable acts: Slipknot, Motörhead, In Flames, Lamb of God, Gaslight Anthem Isle of Wight Festival When: June 11-14, 2015 Where: Isle of Wight, UK Headliners/notable acts: Blur, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, The Prodigy, Pharrell Williams Orange Warsaw Festival When: June 12-14, 2015 Where: Warsaw, Poland Headliners/notable acts: Muse, The Chemical Brothers, Incubus, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Bastille Secret Solstice When: June 19-21, 2015 Where: Reykjavík, Iceland Headliners/notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan, The Wailers, FKA...

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04 May Carry On Essentials – Don’t Get Carried Away!

We've all witnessed it: The gate agent calls Group 2. The young man (or woman) corrals their duffle bag and slings the strap diagonally across their body as the straps hold on for dear life - and subsequently make that squeaking noise that no one is able to find a solution for. Here comes the backpack - slung over the other shoulder. They're single-strappin' it like the first day of school in 1995. They don't stop there as they bend down, trying to grab their computer briefcase, as the aforementioned duffle and backpack slide from their shoulders - only to start the process over again.   We get it - you don't want the airline to lose your luggage; nor do you want to wait for you belongings at baggage claim. But remember, these are carry-ons! And regulations are pretty much the same on all airlines: one small roller bag (see airlines' specifications), one small duffle or backpack and one hand-held item (as in a small purse or table). Here's a tip to ensure that you don't lose your luggage and have room for your backpack in the overheads (best if it's a direct flight): Bring your one roller carry-on to the gate. Have the agent "gate check" your bag. They will offer to check it for free and bring it below to the luggage hold. The bag will be waiting for you upon arrival at either the gate (smaller vessels) or baggage claim...

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01 Aug Did you pack your…? (5 Items You Shouldn’t Forget)

Take it from someone who has spent quite a bit of time traipsing about the world: you will always forget to pack SOMETHING. However, if you can avoid leaving the following items behind, your trip might go a little bit smoother. 5) Plastic Bag [caption id="attachment_954" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Do you ever feel like a plastic bag? No? Me neither.[/caption] http://img2-2.timeinc.net/toh/i/g/products/1009-plastic-bags/00-plastic-bags.jpg You probably have a dozen of these crammed in a closet right at this very moment. Though it may seem strange to bring one along on your international journey, the uses for a plastic bag are endless. Wrap it around your lotions and mini shampoo bottles to prevent spills. Use it to keep that wet swimsuit away from the rest of your dry clothing. Can’t remember which socks need washing? Segregate them to the bag. Unexpected downpour? This is the perfect way to protect your electronics! Take one along, you won’t regret it. 4) Pen & Paper [caption id="attachment_955" align="aligncenter" width="670"] Scribble, scribble, scribble.[/caption] http://www.truenorthquest.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/pen-and-paper.jpeg It doesn’t matter if you take a nicely bound notebook or a few sheets of loose leaf, paper and a pen to write with are hugely useful. (Also, very old school) Does that helpful man giving you directions want to draw a map? No problem! Do you need a way to remember the name of the restaurant your hostel buddies recommended? Got it! No smartphone service overseas? Thank goodness you wrote your friend’s contact info down! And, should the urge to sketch...

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17 Aug Real work experience, a voice with VOS

[caption id="attachment_2213" align="alignnone" width="660"] Take the leap![/caption] As grad school began, I felt my time was up. I was too busy with classes and papers to participate in a study abroad program. However, after deciding that I wanted to write a thesis on study abroad programs and intern in the study abroad office at my campus, I started to crave something that I had missed. So instead of regretting the past I decided to make the jump and apply for an internship abroad which would give me experience in the international education field. I made my decision to live and intern in Buenos Aires, through the flexible program that Panrimo offered so I could brush up on my Spanish. The  2-month internship I chose required my native language, a basic grasp of Spanish, initiative, and creativity – a perfect combination for my interests and goals. On my very first day, I was welcomed into the VOS family with kisses on the cheek and many smiling faces. One thing that I noticed right away was that the school would be great for practicing the language since all of the staff and teachers were speaking to me in Spanish. After a week of observing the culture of the school and talking with some of the students, I was more than happy to start promoting, advertising, and marketing for this friendly Spanish school. Since then I have been steadily building the school’s image through online websites...

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